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POLITICO: Angela Merkel distances herself from Schröder’s Russia ties

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on August 21 criticized her predecessor Gerhard Schröder for accepting a lucrative high-level position at Russian oil company Rosneft. “I do not find what Mr. Schröder is doing appropriate,” Merkel told German daily BILD in a muted but rare criticism of her predece...

U.S. suspends nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia

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The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas across the entire territory of the Russian Federation.

Reuters: One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters

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At least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille on August 21 when a car crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the French city, police said. Police advised the public to avoid the Old Port area where the driver, a 35-year-old man, was arrested. Read more here.  The po...

One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters: police

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At least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille on Monday when a car crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the French city, police said, according to Reuters.

Associated Press: Syria’s Assad rejects security cooperation with the West

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Syrian President Bashar Assad on August 20 refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups. Shortly after Assad gave his speech, a shell hit the first international fair in the country since the wa...

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots - The Guardian

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Open letter signed by Tesla chief Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war, according to The Guardian.

Reuters: Trump to present vision for US strategy in Afghanistan war

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It will be President Donald Trump’s turn on August 21 to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America’s longest military conflict. In a prime-time speech to the nation, Trump may announce a modest increase in U.S. t...

Trump to make announcement on U.S. strategy for Afghanistan - CBS News

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President Trump has decided on a strategy for Afghanistan that also takes a broad approach toward tackling competing interests in South Asia, CBS News reports.

New York Times: Lobbyist at Trump campaign meeting has a web of Russian connections

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Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant who met last summer with senior Trump campaign officials, has often struck colleagues as a classic Washington mercenary — loyal to his wife, his daughter and his bank account. He avoided work that would antagonize Moscow, they suggested, only because he profi...

USS John S. McCain collides with tanker near Singapore

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Ten sailors are missing after a guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months, according to Reuters.

Associated Press: Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

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Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin’s western district of ...

Ukrainian climber found dead on Mont Blanc

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A Ukrainian climber was found dead on Mont Blanc on Saturday (Aug 19), a day after setting off to scale western Europe's highest peak, rescuers said, according to The Straits Times.

Reuters: Syria’s Assad says war still not won but West’s plots foiled

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AMMAN – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not won defeated insurgents and the fight was continuing. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-ha...

Turkey's Erdogan tells German foreign minister 'know your place' – media

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the German foreign minister after he criticized the Turkish leader for interfering in Germany's upcoming elections, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Associated Press: Syria’s Assad reject security cooperation with the West

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DAMASCUS — Syrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the West, rejecting any security cooperation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before those countries cut relations with opposition groups. Assad’s defiant comments on Sunday come at a time when his troops are gaining ground around th...

Agence France-Presse: Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

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A grief-stricken Barcelona prepared Sunday to commemorate victims of two devastating terror attacks at a mass in the city’s Sagrada Familia church, as police hunted for a Moroccan man believed to be the driver that killed 14 people. As investigators scrambled to piece together the attacks, ...

Estonia focuses on Ukraine, Syria in provision of humanitarian aid - Baltic Times

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In the provision of humanitarian aid, Estonia focuses on Ukraine and Syria, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said in remarks issued on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day on Saturday, Baltic Times reports.

Germany's Schroeder Dismisses Criticism Over Accepting Rosneft Post

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, under fire in Germany for accepting Russia's nomination to join the board of its Rosneft oil giant, has dismissed the criticism as politically motivated, RFE/RL reports.

Russian expert offers to move capital beyond Urals to prevent losing control over remote regions

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The capital of the Russian Federation should be moved beyond the Urals, the mountain range, that is further to the country’s east, says Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Demography, Migration and Regional Development of Russia Yury Krupnov, gazeta.ru reports.

Police shoots knife-wielding attacker who stabbed 8 people in Russia's Surgut - media

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Eight people were injured in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut, Russian media agencies reported, citing the spokesman for the local office of the Russian law enforcement committee, Reuters reports.